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Former Cyclone doing well in Alexander's place

Former Chester High School standout Maurice Morris has been a consistent contributor for the Seattle Seahawks.

Morris, a 5-foot-11, 216-pound running back, stepped into a starting role the past two games for the injured Shaun Alexander.

The sixth-year professional delivered for the Seahawks in victories over San Francisco and Chicago. He averaged 87 yards and a touchdown over the past two games.

For the season, Morris has rushed 74 times for 303 yards and two TDs. He has also caught 10 passes for 134 yards and one score.

Morris is one reason the Seahawks (6-4) are atop the NFC West Division standings.

• ANDERSON: Ex-York Comprehensive High School basketball standout Kevis Cornwell has made his presence felt in his first two games.

A 6-2, 170-pound freshman guard, Cornwell started the first two games, averaging 8.5 points in games against Coker and North Greenville.

First-year coach Jason Taylor's Trojans carried a 1-1 record into Wednesday's game at Coastal Carolina.

• CLEMSON: Former Tigers baseball standout Andy D'Alessio was named to Baseball America's Draft All-Stars team, made up of players picked in the 2007 draft.

The selections were based on performance and level of competition.

D'Alessio, a 19th-round choice of San Francisco, batted a combined .328 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs in the Arizona League and for Salem-Keizer of the short-season Northwest League.

D'Alessio led the Arizona League, a rookie circuit, with 14 homers, 51 RBIs, 30 extra-base hits and a .624 slugging percentage. He batted .306.

The left-handed hitting first baseman moved up to Salem-Keizer and hit .556 with two homers and eight RBIs in 18 at-bats.

Two other players with South Carolina ties were also chosen to the all-star team.

Wofford third baseman Brandon Waring, a seventh-round selection of Cincinnati, hit a combined .313 with 20 homers and 63 RBIs for Billings and Dayton.

Ex-Francis Marion pitcher Dylan Owens, a 20th-round choice of the New York Mets, was 9-1 with a 1.49 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 72 innings for Brooklyn.

• NORTH GREENVILLE: Three Rock Hill-area residents are members of the Lady Crusaders' basketball team.

Amanda Milner is a 6-1 junior center from Clover and Jaleesa Gladden is a 5-10 sophomore guard-forward from Chester. Tricia Polito is a 5-4 freshman guard from Fort Mill.

Milner averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game after the Crusaders' first three contests. She had 18 points and nine rebounds in the season opener, an 82-76 overtime loss to Limestone.

Gladden, a transfer from UCF, averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds after three games.

Polito has not played in any of the Lady Crusaders' first three games.

• PRESBYTERIAN: PC, which becomes a member of the Big South Conference next year, added some prospects for its men's and women's basketball programs.

Coach Gregg Nibert signed three student-athletes to national letters-of-intent. Joining the Blue Hose are 6-1 guard Kevin Davis of Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High School, 6-8 post player Kyle Jazwiecki from Maumee, Ohio, and 6-9 post player Jake Troyli of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Women's coach Jessica Vanco has signed 5-8 guards Megan Lee of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Kristen Stevens of Columbus, Ohio.

• S.C. STATE: Bulldogs sophomore running back Will Ford placed his name into the school's record books last week. The 5-11, 185-pound Ford rushed for 322 yards on 21 carries and scored one touchdown in the Bulldogs' 51-7 victory over North Carolina A&T.

A native of Travelers Rest, Ford topped the school's single-game rushing record of 307 yards which was set by Kenny Bynum in 1996, also against N.C. A&T.

This season Ford, named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against N.C. A&T, helped the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record and a 6-2 MEAC mark. He finished the season with 1,389 yards rushing and ran for at least 100 yards in seven games.

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